Diagram of the Battle of Jutland Note 1 Almost all the guns of the Grand Fleet could be brought to bear on the German ships 2 Only the forward guns of the High Seas Fleet could fire at the British 3 Ships further back in the German line could not reach the British ships with their guns 4 The ships shown here do not represent the actual numbers involved
“There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today“, complained Admiral Beatty. The battle cruiser HMS Invincible lies broken in two by a single German shell which exploded a gun turret‘s magazine. All but six of the 1031 crew perished with her.
The losses and damage to both sides were ... of no importance. The balance of naval power was not remotely affected. What alone mattered was that on 1 June 1916 the [British] Grand Fleet was scouring the North Sea seeking its enemy. The German Fleet was not. It was once more at rest in its harbour. A modern view of the Battle of Jutland, adapted from T. Wilson, The Myriad Faces of War, 1986
The few surface naval clashes which did occur (e.g. Jutland) were strategically unimportant, confirming the Allied control of the seaways ... It was not a form of war which promised swift victories. Adapted from P. Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, 1988